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Science & Technology

Climate change

WKDU’s Newest Show Is a Call to Arms for Climate Change

A Drexel doctoral student is set to launch a new program on WKDU devoted to informed discussion of global warming and the role individuals can play in slowing its progress.
Apoica pallens clustering around their hive.

Little Wasp Bodies Means Little Wasp Brain Regions, Study Shows

A Drexel study looking at 19 species of paper wasps found that body size may lead to variation in the complex parts of their brains.
Brain

Can’t Switch Your Focus? Your Brain Might Not Be Wired for It

A new study from Drexel psychologists suggests that some brains are at a natural advantage to quickly switch their focus from one concept to another.
alchemy

Drexel and Chemical Heritage Foundation Mix Artifacts With Mobile Gaming to Create History of Alchemy Experience

The Chemical Heritage Foundation wants to set the record straight about alchemy. The medieval practice, often perceived as a dark art or pseudoscience, actually helped form the process of scientific experimentation and influenced our modern understanding of chemistry and medicine. On its quest to shed light on alchemy, the Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has enlisted help from Gossamer Games, a game design startup in Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and Frank Lee, PhD, director of the EGS, to create a mobile gaming experience about the “golden age of alchemy” using books, art and artifacts from CHF Museum’s alchemy collection. 
PrEP pills

The U.S. Could Easily Hit Its 2020 HIV Prevention Goal By Using One Drug, Drexel Study Finds

If just a quarter of high-risk men who have sex with men were to use daily preventive medicine, the United States could surpass its goal of reducing new HIV infections by 25 percent.
A wide view of a Barnegat Bay salt marsh

Studies Show Barnegat Bay Salt Marshes Provide Millions of Dollars of Water Treatment for Free – For Now

A pair of studies led by Academy of Natural Sciences researchers show that salt marshes along New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay are invaluable for removing nutrients — but they’re threatened by climate change.
A microscopic image of Fragilaria amicorum.

Microscopic Algae Hold Key to New Jersey’s Nutrient Pollution Now and in the Past

An Academy of Natural Sciences-led study found that the presence of certain species of microscopic algae called diatoms can be reliable indicators of nitrogen pollutions in New Jersey’s bays.
Drexel faculty, panelists and Peace Corps representatives at the "Girl Rising" screening held on Drexel's University City Campus. From left to right: Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering; Chief Operating Officer for the Peace Corps Erin Gibbs; College of Engineering's Interim Dean Giuseppe Palmese; panelist Marie Chevrier, PhD; Sheila Crowley, Peace Corps CEO; College of Engineering Director of Graduate Programs Sherry Levin; Patrick McGettigan, a Peace Corps regional recruiter; and Mira Olson, an associate professor in the College of Engineering.

Drexel's College of Engineering Teams Up With The Peace Corps

Drexel University’s College of Engineering signed a partnership with the Peace Corps to establish the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Kevin Sievers stands beneath the Academy's intimidating Tyrannosaurus rex.

Fossils Fuel This Student’s Attraction to the Academy

Kevin Sievers has been coming to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University since he was a little kid to learn about the ancient animal history on display. Now, as a Drexel student, he gets to work there.
Cooper

Historic Preservation Scholar and Museum Professional to Lead Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Scott Cooper, PhD, will become president and CEO of the Academy, succeeding George W. Gephart, Jr., who guided the nation’s oldest natural history museum through its historic affiliation with Drexel University.
Genevieve Dion Tom Wolf

Drexel to Host Pennsylvania's Center For Advanced Fabric Manufacturing Innovation

The Department of Defense’s effort to bring America to the forefront of textile technology manufacturing and innovation is gaining a strategic foothold in the region. Drexel University, in collaboration with DoD-supported Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), is establishing a statewide center that will help companies, entrepreneurs and innovators take their advanced-textile concepts from prototype to product and prepare America’s workforce for the quality jobs this growing sector is generating. Called the “Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center,” this statewide resource is the first hub located outside of AFFOA’s home state of Massachusetts. It will be part of a national network intended to lower the barrier to commercialization for functional fabrics, resulting in advanced textiles that do things like see, hear, sense, communicate, generate and store energy. 
A colorized scan of the profile of Satan eurystomus from the right side. Screenshot from video.

Academy of Natural Sciences Scan Reveals the Bones of Satan…Fish

A fish named after the devil because of its underground home was scanned by scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences and the University of Texas in the hopes of understanding how it’s related to other catfish.
cybersecurity

NSA Professionals Score College Creds at Drexel 

For more than half a century, students in training to become experts in numerous fields at the National Security Agency have participated in rigorous training at the National Cryptologic School — learning everything from foreign languages to codebreaking. Today the school with the classified curriculum is expanding its coursework to keep students ahead of the latest technological threats by partnering with Drexel University to offer them the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in cybersecurity.